Japan to donate $1.4m to support displaced women, children

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The Government ofJapan has promised to donate $1.45 million to support a humanitarian response project for women and children displaced by Boko Haram sect inAdamawa,Bauchi and Gombe states.This is contained in a statement issued by the SeniorAssistant/Advisor on General Affairs, Information and Culture of the Japanese Embassy in Abuja, MrJohn Nwankwo.

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He stated that the project, tagged “Emergency Assistance to
Internally Displaced Women/Girls and Survivors of Boko Haram
Terrorism Attacks in Nigeria” is in partnership with the UN Entity
for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
According to him, the project is a one-year initiative spanning
2016-2017, targeting selected areas in Adamawa, Bauchi and
Gombe states.
He said that the aim of the project is to strengthen emergency
assistance initiatives to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs),
especially women and girls and survivors of sexual and gender-
based violence in the target areas.
It was also aimed at improving the economic capacity and social
rehabilitation of women affected by crisis for peaceful cohabitation
in target areas.
“The project is further targeted at strengthening humanitarian
coordination mechanisms for a more comprehensive and gender-
responsive approach in Nigeria,” Nwankwo said.

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Nwankwo said the project would be implemented by UN Women in
partnership with relevant government Ministries, Departments and
Agencies (MDAs), civil society organisations and other
development agencies.
He added that the humanitarian response project would
complement an ongoing Women Peace and Security Programme in
Northern Nigeria, being implemented by UN Women and other
partners.
It would also enhance collaborative interventions between the
governments of Japan and Nigeria.

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